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Old 30th September 2011, 05:42 AM
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Question Best Small Linux distro?

What is your experience with Small Linux distros? What would you recommend?

I am going to be traveling for a couple of weeks; and along with my laptop, I keep a Small Linux distro (CD) and my data backed up to a usb drive in case of hardware failure. Like to think I am prepared and not paranoid

I have used Tiny Core Linux and Puppy Linux for data rescue and an emergency work station. Any other good Small Linux distros out there?

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Old 30th September 2011, 06:20 AM
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Re: Best Small Linux distro?

I tried out DSL a little while ago. It's very small (50MB), it's got pretty much everything you'd need for basic stuff (web browser etc). The interface is a little clunky but you could always install themes.

Overall it's a good distro but a little bare bones if you don't explicitly need a tiny install size.
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Old 30th September 2011, 07:14 AM
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Re: Best Small Linux distro?

I was under the impression that DSL has not been maintained in several years. I may be wrong, though.
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Old 30th September 2011, 07:27 AM
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Re: Best Small Linux distro?

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I was under the impression that DSL has not been maintained in several years. I may be wrong, though.
That sounds about right. Their last release was back in 2008:
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=dsl
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Old 30th September 2011, 01:29 PM
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Re: Best Small Linux distro?

Puppy and possibly Slax are two that are made to run from CD. There's a few others, not sure if tinycore is meant to be used out of the box, or more of a framework. Arch has an install that can be burned to a CD or USB, but I'm not sure if it includes a working live version.

To me, Puppy is pretty much the modern day equivalent of DSL, but it's not something I use frequently--still it would be my first recommendation for simple, usually works out of the box, meant to run from CD or USB.
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Old 30th September 2011, 02:28 PM
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Re: Best Small Linux distro?

Parted Magic is a utility distro but works very well as a live CD or USB system. The image is an iso of around 128meg
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Old 30th September 2011, 03:26 PM
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Re: Best Small Linux distro?

AUSTRUMI based on Slackware, lightweight and fast.

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Old 30th September 2011, 03:58 PM
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Re: Best Small Linux distro?

SliTaz is a nice small distro. Proteus is a continuation or fork of Slax I believe. While it doesn't qualify as small KNOPPIX is still great to have on hand if needed.
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Old 30th September 2011, 04:33 PM
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Re: Best Small Linux distro?

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While it doesn't qualify as small KNOPPIX is still great to have on hand if needed.
KNOPPIX was one distro I was curious about. I will check it out.

And thanks for the replies and suggestions
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Old 30th September 2011, 05:32 PM
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Re: Best Small Linux distro?

Fedora runs great off a live USB setup
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Old 30th September 2011, 07:54 PM
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Re: Best Small Linux distro?

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Fedora runs great off a live USB setup
I second that. It's really easy too with the liveusb-creator. Even persistent storage is just sliding the slider in the GUI..
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Old 30th September 2011, 08:39 PM
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Re: Best Small Linux distro?

My vote goes to fluppy, if I remember correctly it's pupeee (which is puppy built specifically for eeepc) with all the drivers you need, it's worked on everything I've plugged it into anyway
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Old 30th September 2011, 09:53 PM
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Re: Best Small Linux distro?

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I was under the impression that DSL has not been maintained in several years. I may be wrong, though.
Oops, time to clean out my forgettery
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